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Do you want to join The Green Room?

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Do you want to join The Green Room?

We are looking for KS3/4 teachers of English, Maths and Science. The ideal candidate will be able to work well with small classes, be adaptable to individual pupil needs and strive to ignite a passion for learning in their subject areas. Qualified or unqualified, Full time roles, but part time considered depending on the candidate.

Please see the Job Description for more detail

To apply please download and complete our Job application form and email it to Jane Nicholls, PA to the Head, at jane@everydayarts.co.uk.

Surplus De Cirque Review

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Surplus De Cirque Review

A few weeks ago at the Fire-station Arts Centre in Windsor, Deej, our PE and Horticulture teacher, in conjunction with Windsor Tech (who provide our Technical Theatre course) produced a piece of theatre called Surplus De Cirque, and Lexie and Ash, (our Pupil Welfare Officer and Green Room LSA respectively) were among the stars of the show. Some of The Green Room pupils went to see the show and here is a review from one of them……

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“Surplus de Cirque was held at the Windsor Fire-station Arts Centre on the 18th February and we arrived at the Fire-station after 7:30pm and went into Surplus de Cirque after 8:00pm. Surplus de cirque had hired out the fire-station and even had an amateur magician keeping everyone excited for the performance. The art form was a interactive promenade style performance and this was the first time I had ever seen or heard of this away from video games, It was a completely new experience.

I was lucky enough to know two of the actors in the performance as they were my teachers, I also knew the director and writer Daniel Jacobs (Deej) who just so happened to also be one of our teachers. He went through what it was about and gave us a insight into the performance. We were also showed a leaflet about the performance that you wouldn’t normally see which described most aspects of how it was made and and the general atmosphere of the play.

When we arrived at the performance we knew that it would be interactive and we would be walking through a set, we also knew that it was about a circus lion being killed however that was the extent of what we were told, however even this didn’t prepare me for the sight I was about to witness. For the first section I had to wear headphones till we were outside of the first room, I think this was to try and prepare us for the show as well as making sure the performers were ready. The first part of the play made me quite nervous as I wasn’t used to that much interaction from performers.

Being entertained by the magician

The interactive aspect of the performance wasn’t as much as I thought it would be. At some points it was almost like you were just an observer throughout it, instead of feeling like a part of the story. We were ushered along by someone who looked like a female clown however she didn’t say anything, that along with how the actor was playing her character meant that she had a creepy presence around her which I think is what they were going for.

When I saw the first interactive character many of us seemed very hesitant about interacting with him because it wasn’t clear if we were supposed to or not, in the end I interacted however I wasn’t sure whether or not I was supposed to because of the lack of clear questions
directed at the audience. It was still a better experience then a normal theatre and I would go back if I had the chance, I felt like I had experienced more than a normal movie or play but in half the time as the entire thing lasted only around 20-25 minutes.

 

Out of the entire performance the only things that I can really think of that were bad was that it was unclear whether or not you were supposed to respond and interact with the cast, the almost blocky aspect of moving from scene to scene, and there wasn’t a lot of interaction between the actors in each of their respective performances, which could have been better, apart from that the actual play was really fun.

I would recommend it to anyone that hasn’t been in this type of performance before and would like to have a fun day out with the family or friends and doesn’t want to have to engage too much in the actual story line because it’s as if you’re being pulled through the story as well as interacting.

What I learnt from writing this review and viewing the performance:

This experience has taught me about what an interactive promenade is and what it’s like to experience one. It is almost like what the future of virtual reality software for gaming may become because you are experiencing it as if you were actually someone there. Although I expected more of an interactive style performance it was still a nice way to enter the world of interactive promenade. I definately prefer this to normal movies and theatre because of its interactive aspect to it. I know now the drama is as much about the story, props and set as it is the actors portraying it, and more about the actors than the set, the actors make the story come alive and really involve you in it and a good actor can make almost any play good.”

Science in the shed?

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Science in the shed?

We have a shed here at The Green Room which we think with a bit of money, time and team effort, we could turn into a great Science lab and be able to offer our pupils a Science GCSE, here are some of our pupils giving their thoughts……

New Sports Kit

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New Sports Kit

Check out The Green Room pupils all wearing their new sports kit….. looking pretty smart!

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Safer Internet Day 2015

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Safer Internet Day 2015

SID2015Today is Safer Internet Day 2015 and is being celebrated all over the world, using the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. Here at The Green Room, we are very keen to promote internet safety and to reinforce the  responsible and positive use of  online technology for our pupils. We had a discussion on internet safety in our Circle Time this morning and pupils watched a Be Smart video from the BBC.  We have also arranged for a local police officer to come here and talk to the pupils after half term. More information and ways to get involved can be found on saferinternet.org.uk or by using #SID2015

New Workshop

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New Workshop

We have installed a brand new workshop here at The Green Room and the pupils were putting it to good use on Thursday,  making their keepsake boxes during the Woodwork Skilled For Life course. Check out the photos below:

 

Come And See Surplus De Cirque!

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Come And See Surplus De Cirque!

 

As you may know, The Green RoSurplusDeCirqueposterom is part of the parent company, Everyday Arts, whose roots lie in Drama and the Arts. Here at The Green Room we highly value the positive impact that creativity can have on a pupil and their development as people. Most of our team here are performers themselves and like to practice what they preach, therefore, Deej, our PE and Horticulture teacher, in conjunction with Windsor Tech (who provide our Technical Theatre course) have produced a piece of theatre called Surplus De Cirque, and Lexie and Ash, (our Operations Manager and LSA respectively) are starring in the show! The show is being performed at Windsor Art Centre on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th February and is described:

 

“The Surplus De Cirque is unquestionably unique, an interactive theatre performance like no other. As the audience embarks on a memorable journey, they are taken from their comfort zone and thrown into a emotional theatrical realm. Enveloped in the mystery, they partake in the performance, switching from onlooker to character, whilst their senses are bombarded and challenged.”

 

If this intriguing show sounds like your idea of a great night, visit www.surplusdecirque.co.uk for more information about the show, the plot, the characters, the background behind the production team and also, most importantly, to book tickets!

 

The Allotment

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The Allotment

Here are a few photos of our pupils studying for their BTEC in Horticulture, tending our allotment. Today they are rotivating the ground in preparation for planting and reinforcing the shed windows with chicken wire. The onions and garlic are looking good and are all covered up to protect them from any frost, and they have also covered a large part of the ground to stop weeds from growing,  so the ground will be ready to plant in a couple of months.  We are looking forward to seeing what will be produced over the coming months!

New Skilled For Life Courses

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New Skilled For Life Courses

A new set of Skilled For Life units started last week, so the pupils split into 3 groups and spent Thursday participating in each one on rotation. These courses will last for the next 6 weeks and they are:

Keeping Clean – this teaches pupils about day to day tasks, personal hygiene and the running of a house, for example last week’s session was on laundry – separating colours, bio and non bio washes and clothing cleanliness.

Hospitality and Catering – this is looking at the industry as a whole, including customer service, one to one service and the roles within the Hospitality and Catering industry, for example waiter, bartender, barista, concierge and hotel manager.

Woodwork – this is giving the pupils the opportunity to design and make their own keepsake box, using various tools to carve and create it, and deciding what they want to keep in it.

Some photos will follow!

Newsletter – Autumn Term 14

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Newsletter – Autumn Term 14

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 10.10.32To see what The Green Room pupils got up to last half term, check out the latest newsletter, with details of what happened in Drama, Sport, Make Do and Mend, Technical Theatre and Project Friday.

Windsor On Ice 2014

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Windsor On Ice 2014

To celebrate the end of last term we decided to make the most of a local attraction and took the pupils to the Windsor On Ice skating rink in Alexandra  Gardens, where we also found a massive dodgems track! The pupils had an amazing afternoon, as you can see from the photos below……

 

Christmas Market Photos

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Christmas Market Photos

A new term has started today and we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! Just before last term ended, we held our fundraising Christmas Market here at The Green Room, it was a great evening and a good time was had by all.  We would like to thank everyone who came to support us, all our volunteers and also all the wonderful stalls holders, whose lovely tables and displays made the whole school look amazing. The money raised will go towards much needed new sports kit and equipment for our drama studio. Check out the photos below….

Christmas Market Preparation

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Christmas Market Preparation

We have been very busy here at The Green Room over the last few weeks preparing for our Christmas Market on Friday 12th December, here are some of the pupils working hard to help organise this event. There will be a raffle, tombola and lots of games to win prizes, meet Santa in his grotto, have a mulled wine from the bar, taste some delicious food from Dublicious and kick off your Christmas shopping with all of our independent stall holders.

Last year’s event was great fun and we are looking forward to doing it all again on Friday, see you there!

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Christmas Market Poster

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Christmas Market Poster

Christmas MarketAs promised, here is our poster for the Everyday Arts Christmas Market on the 12th December.

Please come along and support The Green Room, we have some great stalls and raffle prizes lined up, plenty  of games and activities, and a chance to see Santa.

Bring your friends, family and kids,  there is something for everyone!

Save The Date! 12th December – The Everyday Arts Christmas Market!

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Save The Date! 12th December – The Everyday Arts Christmas Market!

After the success of last year’s Christmas Market we are once again getting into the festive spirit and holding another fabulous, fun filled, fundraising evening here at The Green Room.

Diaries at the ready – here is the information you need:

Date: Friday 12th December

Time: 6pm-9pm

Venue: 4A Albert Street, Windsor, SL4 5BU

There will be a chance to browse the lovely Christmassy stalls to stock up on gifts and decorations, whilst enjoying mulled wine and fantastic Dublicious mince pies. We will also have a raffle, a chance for kids to see Santa, decorate a gingerbread man, and plenty more.

More details and a poster will follow, but meanwhile, Save The Date!

Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day

On Friday, The Green Room pupils spent the day learning about World War I, conducting their own investigations into The Somme and other great battles of the war, working on factsheets, and exploring their own historical connection to the war. We also made poppies out of various materials in different styles, which are now displayed on the door to our studio.

All The Green Room pupils and staff gathered together at 11am to observe the two minute silence, whilst watching similar scenes up and down the country on the TV, as the news portrayed images of The Tower Of London, Westminster Abbey, The Cenotaph, Trafalgar Square and various churches, schools and military bases all over the UK.

Our Headteacher was so impressed with the conduct of all our pupils, he said:

“I was bursting with pride at 11 o’clock this morning when the entire school gathered in the studio to pay our respects to those who have fallen. It can be a challenge for the younger generation to understand the importance of this day, but I’m delighted that thanks to the recent work done in our History and Discovery Friday sessions, our pupils not only understood but had the maturity and empathy to demonstrate it in front of their peers.

There are days when I am reminded why we started this school. Today was one of them.”

Joe Sparks

 

Newsletter – October 2014

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Newsletter – October 2014

We had such a busy start to the Autumn term, read all about it in our latest Newsletter which includes details of our activities, new course options, new staff, our day trips, lots of photos and of course our visit from Derren Brown.

Everyone act normal, Derren’s coming!

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Everyone act normal, Derren’s coming!

We’ve had a fantastic afternoon here at The Green Room, with our lovely Patron, Derren Brown, here’s what Joe and Derren had to say:

“A special day for everyone at The Green Room today, Our patron and friend Derren Brown came for a visit. A few years ago he and I sat in a Chinese restaurant and I told him that I had an idea to start a project to help school refusers. Since then he’s seen us grow and grow. Wonderful to have him look around our school today! He stayed all afternoon and caught up with the pupils. A big thanks to Derren for making the effort to be here and a very proud day for me and the rest of the team”  - Joe Sparks

“Hello – I’ve just had the best afternoon seeing how the place has grown since I was last here 2 years ago, and meeting the brilliant new group of pupils. As ever, it’s a very powerful thing seeing all the real lessons of life being taught – things you never learn at school. And hearing the stories of how the kids have transformed and continue to grow. This is very important work, from a team of people whose dedication, tirelessness and love towards their students are so, so moving and impressive. This is truly a very special place” – Derren Brown

Work Experience

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Work Experience

Here at The Green Room we encourage Pupils to live in the present and look to the future and to  help this,  we implement a programme of Work Experience in Year 11 that may lead to an apprenticeship,  employment or even a passion. Here is one of our pupils working hard in his placement at The Bike Company!

 

Odds Farm Day Trip

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Odds Farm Day Trip

Last Friday, the 4th October was World Animal Day,  a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. It’s celebrated in different ways around the world so here at The Green Room we decided to mark the occasion by visiting Odds Farm. It’s a lovely local farm where we could feed the animals, watch sheep racing, ride go-karts and generally have a fab day out, whilst learning about caring for animals. We had a great day as you can see from the photos below!